Road trip with a difference
The motorway has never been high on the hit list of places that anyone wishes to spend time. However, the last couple of weeks here at The Extra Mile we have been clocking up the miles and watching the Winter landscape of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset unfold in all it’s December glory. Our mission? To check out all those hidden gems that will give you an alternative to the strip lighting blandness of a motorway service station.
From three lanes of weaving cars and lorries it is a welcome relief to take the slip road and find a more genteel pace to seek out these special places. As the roads get narrower and the hedges get higher our research has resulted in some unexpected gems. We’ve driven down muddy farm tracks to find a delight of colourful fruit and vegetables, pickles and chutneys, cheeses and deli goodies. We’ve walked into low beamed pubs such as The Neeld Arms (M4 J17) with roaring fires and interesting ales. We’ve pulled off the road to stretch our legs to find panoramic rolling countryside drop away into the distance at The Tollgate (M4 J18), and of course we’ve had the joy of discovering the undiscovered. Shanicatti Shakes in Portishead with its towering cakes and old fashioned sweet jars on the counter is just one of our unexpected finds. And of course we have to try the cakes for quality assurance… it’s a hard life!